BREAKING: Ex-Chelsea star quits football


Former Republic of Ireland and Chelsea winger Damien Duff has announced his retired from professional football after a 20-year career.

The 36-year-old won 100 caps for the Republic before quitting the international scene in 2012.

Duff’s club career included spells with Blackburn Rovers and Chelsea while he ended his career at Shamrock Rovers.

“My heart wants me to continue playing but my body has finally won the battle and told me to stop,” he said.

Duff also played for Newcastle United, Fulham and Melbourne City in a career which saw the Dubliner win two league titles and the League Cup with Chelsea.

There was also League Cup success at Blackburn and an appearance in the Europa League final with Fulham.

“I’ve lived every young boy’s dream and I know I am a very lucky man,” added Duff.

“I would like to thank everyone who has helped me along the journey from schoolboy football in Dublin and moving to England as a teenager right up to today.

“I am extremely proud to have won 100 caps for my country – it was always my greatest pleasure to represent Ireland and I have many magical memories from my international career.”